Weekly Dharma Talk & Discussion

with Gabe Dayley

June 14th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    This evening's topic is: You Should Not Be Afraid of Who You Are

    This evening's speaker is: Gabe Dayley

    Description: The founder of Shambhala, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, taught his students to practice friendliness toward themselves as the basis for living a sane life, developing compassion for others, and helping our world. We need not be ashamed of our existence as human beings on planet earth, despite the many personal and social problems we face.

    Gabe Dayley photoGabe Dayley serves as the executive director of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Washington, DC. He was raised in the Shambhala tradition by parents who were students of the founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and has been practicing meditation formally since he was 15. He founded and edits The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics, which publishes essays and academic articles examining the relationship between contemplative practice and social transformation. Outside Shambhala, Gabe also serves as Program Assistant for Global Field Initiatives at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, where he supports the grants program for activists around the world to develop grassroots educational projects that train civilians in the knowledge and skills of civil resistance. He received his master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University in Washington, DC.

    Details: Everyone is welcome on Thursday evenings to meditate together, hear a dharma talk, and engage in discussion. Talk topics change each week, but each provides a distinct insight into how we can awaken to our “basic goodness”; that is, have a sense of intrinsic dignity and completeness in dealing with our everyday lives which promotes kindness, strength, and wisdom both in ourselves and in how we relate to others in society.

    Each Thursday evening begins with a silent, group meditation session from 7-7:30 in the Main Shrine Room followed by a talk/presentation and group discussion. Those who are new to meditation should plan to arrive at 7pm when a Shambhala-certified instructor provides a brief introduction to meditation practice in another room until the beginning of the talk and discussion at 7:30. After the talk, you're invited to continue the conversation in our reception area over a cup of tea and light snacks.

    We provide these evenings as an offering to the community. No advance registration is necessary and there is no fee to attend. Simply drop in whenever you feel inspired. As a non-profit, all-volunteer organization operating in the DC metropolitan area for over 40 years, we are supported by our members' monthly dues and by voluntary online or onsite donations. All donations are greatly appreciated!  

    First Thursdays:  “Learn to Meditate” Workshop (7-8:30pm)

    On the first Thursday of each month, in lieu of the schedule above, we offer a more in-depth "Learn to Meditate" workshop geared toward newcomers to meditation. The session includes Q&A and discussion, and is followed by refreshments. (There is a fee for this workshop. Please see our calendar for details and registration information.)